The missed free throws by Mavericks Raymond Felton and a tip-in by Thunder Steve Adams almost became the decisive play of the night after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 85-84, in Game 2 of Western Conference playoff series on Monday.
Raymond Felton led the Mavericks with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting and hit some crucial baskets in the final minute. However, with seven seconds remaining in the final quarter, he missed two free throws giving the chance for Thunder Steve Adams to make a couple of tip-ins and successfully made a basket.
Fortunately, after the referees review the final play, the basket was not counted since the ball didn’t leave Adams’ hand before the buzzer, resulting for the Mavericks to win via one-point lead over the Thunder.
Despite the victory, Felton felt disappointed with missing the free throws that could have cost the game for his team. “I’m still sick. Even though we got the win, I’m still sick. I don’t miss free throws like that when they come down the clutch. When we get in the gym, I’ll take 500 free throws if I need to before the next game,” Felton said via Yahoo Sports.
It was a bounced back game for the Mavericks after their loss against the Thunder on Saturday, 108-70. Many people believed that they could not win a single game against the Thunder since they were missing key players like J.J. Barea and David Lee who were both suffering from an injury.
Dallas Mavericks took advantage of Kevin Durant’s poor shooting performance where he missed 26 shots, despite scoring 21 points for the Thunder. The Mavericks said they did a good job of being physical with Durant and disrupting his rhythm.
Dallas Mavericks tied the series, 1-1, with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 3 between Mavericks and Thunder will be on Thursday at American Airlines Center.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 2 between Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder:
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